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Tour Atyrau to Munaily Mola.

Walking Holidays in Atyrau.

"And what the tourist differs from the traveler?" 

 The short description of route of trip on the bituminous field of Munayla Mol in the Atyrau province: 

Atyrau - tomb of the saint Onay-ata - Dossor - cretaceous plateau Akkergeshen - bituminous field Munayly Mola - mountain and cave Imankara - Atyrau.

Distance of the route: 581 km.
Seas: from April till Sepnember.
 The Best time for travel: April - June.
The size of group: no more than 8 person.
Duration of tour: 1 day.

Detailed program of a travel for natural and geological sights of the Atyrau region:

Short trip to Mangyshlak.

Atyrau - bituminous field of Munaily Mola.
Transfer: Atyrau - tomb of the saint Onay-ata (64 km). Our way goes to the northeast of the city of Atyrau. Approximately in 38 kilometers from the city, in 5 kilometers to the right of the road, in the east, it is visible the settlement of Karabatan. From it in 13 kilometers there is the largest in Kazakhstan the petrochemical plant "Bolashak".
Through 90 kilometers, from Atyrau, we pass the big settlement of Dossor, here in 1911 the first oil production in Kazakhstan was begun. In Dossor there are a lot of modern monuments devoted to this event. At desire it is possible to visit some of them. To left of the road there is Onay-ata tomb of the saint, short walk in the neighborhood of tomb of the saint.
Transfer: Onay-ata tomb of the saint - cretaceous plateau Akkergeshen (191 km).On the cafe and hotel  on the road  we turn to the right, and we move the northeast on the old highway which conducts on the oil field. From all directions we are surrounded by the boundless steppe. Soon far ahead there are outlines of the massif of Imankara, and to the left of it there is a white wall - it is the cretaceous plateau Akkergeshen. Transfer to the central part of the plateau, walk in vicinities, searches of flora and fauna of a paleontologic era.
Further transfer: Akkergeshen - bituminous field of Munayly Mola (45 km). After visit of the central part of the cretaceous plateau Akkergeshen, the road brings us to a top part of the plateau and soon we come out to the old road again. We pass the oil field and our way lies to Munayly Mola. Arrival on Munayly Mola. The most interesting, on this field, is stone spherical concretions which are on the Earth's surface.
On some spherical concretions, there where bitumen with sand under the influence of wind, a rain and the sun separated, on a stone the smooth surface opened. In decreases in the bituminous field and in the neighborhood of the lake there is a large amount of spherical concretions and several salty lakes. Walk on vicinities. Lunch.
Transfer: Munayly Mola - field camp - Imankara cave (29 km). We come back on the road on which we arrived to the bituminous field of Munayly Mola. After the field camp before us the view of the mountain Imankara which towers over boundless steppes of the Atyrau region opens. On southwest side of the mountain Imankara, there is Imankara cave which was constructed at the beginning of the XIXth century, the first British geologists who investigated oil reserves in the Western Kazakhstan. Walk in a cave and vicinities.
Transfer: Imankara cave - cafe at the road (53 km). Return to the automobile highway of Atyrau - Aktau. Here in roadside cafe, we are expected by a lunch.
Transfer: cafe at the road - Dossor - Atyrau (199 km). Arrival in Atyrau. Accommodation in the hotel, dinner and overnight. 

Bituminous field Munayly Mola.Bituminous field Munayly Mola.Bituminous field Munayly Mola.Bituminous field Munayly Mola.Bituminous field Munayly Mola.Bituminous field Munayly Mola.

The note:
The Program is Alexander Petrov author program. Copying and use of a material - from the sanction of the author petrovsra@mail.ru

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Alexander Petrov.